10 healthy recipes for spring dining.
by Chelsea Jackson comment

4/18/18

french doors to patio off modern dining room. / sfgirlbybay

Springtime generally grants us an excuse to thaw out in the sunshine and take all of our meals outside (has it gotten warmer in your neck of the woods yet?!) but it usually leaves me scrambling to reconfigure the recipes in my repertoire for healthier fare. As soon as the seasons change I’m ready to switch up our typical hearty meals for something lighter, crisper, and springier (think salads of all kinds, farmers market finds, and citrus). Thankfully, the internet (aka Pinterest) runneth over with a million meals that are easy on the eyes, perfect for Springtime dining AND healthy to boot. Score!

So, when planning your menu this week, throw open the shades, let the sunshine in, and whip up something yummy. Spring time is calling!

xx, chelsea

colorful southwestern superfood salad by camille styles. / sfgirlbybay

southwestern superfood salad by camille styles

colorful fish taco bowls by designlovefest. / sfgirlbybay

fish taco bowls by designlovefest

avocado, broad beans, and goat's cheese salad by stuck in the kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

avocado, broad beans, and goat’s cheese salad by stuck in the kitchen

mixed tomato salad with zucchini + buffalo mozzarella by the design files. / sfgirlbybay

mixed tomato salad with zucchini + buffalo mozzarella by the design files

strawberry avocado spinach salad with chicken by foodie crush. / sfgirlbybay

strawberry avocado spinach salad with chicken by foodie crush

roasted wild salmon with citrus and herbs by camille styles. / sfgirlbybay

roasted wild salmon with citrus and herbs by camille styles

herbed lemon garlic chicken skewers by the recipe critic. / sfgirlbybay

herbed lemon garlic chicken skewers by the recipe critic

spring couscous salad with basil vinaigrette by little spice jar. / sfgirlbybay

spring couscous salad with basil vinaigrette by little spice jar

pineapple mango chicken tacos by paper & stitch. / sfgirlbybay

pineapple mango chicken tacos by paper & stitch

charred caprese eggplants by camille styles. / sfgirlbybay

charred caprese eggplants by camille styles

farmers market asparagus and potato pizza by love & lemons. / sfgirlbybay

farmers market asparagus and potato pizza by love & lemons

• photo by Amy Neunsinger for coco’s tea party.

my kinda coachella vibes.
by victoria comment

4/17/18

eclectic living room with leather sofa, white walls and floors and modern lighting. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve never been to coachella, have you? i find it amusing when the music festival rolls around each year that i am invited to sport some bikini brands’ wares, because, ummm, as much as i love both the warm weather and the music, i don’t think i’m quite the demographic. but hey, thanks for the thought. i heard beyonce had an amazing performance and made it beychella (and THAT i would have loved to have seen!), and i do like those pale pastel desert vibes, so i’m creating my very own version of no-chella — one that’s perhaps a tad more chill and less crowded. but crank your favorite tunes and come along for the short road trip, won’t you?

cactus with tiny floral blooms. / sfgirlbybay

woven headboard and unique floor lamps with fiber lampshades. / sfgirlbybay

bamboo lounge chair and terrazzo floors. / sfgirlbybay

patterned ceramic floor tiles and yellow bedroom details. / sfgirlbybay

archway and minimalist lounger. / sfgirlbybay

desert landscape photo. / sfgirlbybay

desert inspired wall art above small home bar. / sfgirlbybay

natural decor details inspired by the desert. / sfgirlbybay

natural woven carpet. / sfgirlbybay

living room with potted cacti. / sfgirlbybay

coachella inspired imagery. / sfgirlbybay

grass lampshade over black dining table with rattan chairs. / sfgirlbybay

cacti and small trees against white wall. / sfgirlbybay

rattan vintage chairs with throw pillows and faux fur. / sfgirlbybay

simple stairwell with natural elements and framed art prints. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: Marie Olsson Nylander’s home via design dose; studio 903; casa vogue; canggu; cindy hattersley design; Hôtel Doisy; home dsgn; ideacoration; amy bartlam photography; @pamelalove; patrick mcgrath design; the poplar; neuboheme; the daily edited; dwell magazine; Philomela fabric collection via rue magazine; the greek foundation; @bohemianharvestco; kirill bergart; apartment therapy; joshua tree print by almostmakesperfect via society6; aqquindex; Decor print by artist Sarah Eisenlohr via society6; vintage industrial style; studio 903; george nelson sling sofa from 1st dibs; gravity home; solebich; indian summer print by jane wilder via pottery barn; diydekoideen; casa vogue; wit & delight; @sasha_burns; the socialite family.

crystal mania.
by victoria comment

4/16/18

crystals from Joshua tree on yellow ceramic platter. / sfgirlbybay

as you may have read, a couple of weekends ago i headed to joshua tree with my friend jen gotch. if you follow jen on instagram (and if you don’t, you should) you’ll know she’s very into crystals, so i had the perfect instructor along to let me in on what’s up with crystals. they’ve been around literally forever, naturally, but you just gotta admit, they’re very on trend of late. i have always found them beautiful, but mysterious — as in, i had no clue what their real purpose was. well, jen filled me right in on their magical powers, and we visited the joshua tree rock shop where i bought a lot of crystals, and each one very handily included a slip of paper with all the scoop on what each crystal means and its uses. and before heading home, we also hit up a gem and mineral show in joshua tree which was pretty darn interesting, as well — all kinds of strange goodness and i found a few (literal) gems here, too.

healing crystals in white dish. / sfgirlbybay

so, in order to learn more, i felt compelled to photograph each one and document their meaning. when i shared on instagram, y’all seemed very interested so i decided it mandatory i share! so, i’ve listed a brief, handy-dandy numbered description below of each of the crystals i’ve started with in my collection. i know there’s so many more to learn about, but if you too have been wondering what’s up with crystals, i hope you’ll find this helpful. and now, i have these beauties scattered all over my home, in the hopes their amazing mystical energies find their way to me! if you’d like to learn more about crystals, you might check out this book i just ordered, Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing By Yulia Van Doren –it covers everything from choosing and using to programming, charging, and cleansing — a modern guide to enhancing your life with these enchanting stones. and, i discovered this instagram feed, @structure_minerals with some great information and some beautiful imagery. happy collecting!

colorful healing crystals. / sfgirlbybay

1. Tangerine Quartz: creativity + sensuality. in addition to being a Lemurian Seed Quartz, Tangerine Quartz is good for all things “sacral chakra,” so creativity, sexuality + sensuality, manifestation, etc. And especially good for helping to clear sexual trauma and shame. It’s a powerful crystal!

2. black tourmaline: protective + loving. one of the most protective and loving of all stones. alleviates stress and anxiety. increases clarity of thought, objectivity and rationalism. a protective stone which repels and blocks negative energies and psychic attack. also aids in the removal of negative energies within a person or a space. will cleanse, purify, and transform dense energy into a lighter vibration.

3. emerald calcite: change + balance. helpful for reaching mental balance, helps dissolve old energy patterns and beliefs that may be holding you back. often used in prosperity spells because it can draw money, abundance, and prosperity in your home or your business. It will increase the positive vibrations that surround you while removing the negative energies that can block the good energies. use to help release the comfortable old programs that you may be holding on to but which no longer serve you.

4. gem silica: Stone of Personal Voice. dispels fiery energies, angry words and sarcasm. As a stone aligned with Goddess energies, it can balance and empower the feminine energies in both women and men. facilitates the expression of our heart’s deepest truth and our minds greatest knowledge. Its calming, soothing energy helps to release stress, anxiety and fear-based imbalances in the body.

healing crystals in black dish. / sfgirlbybay

5. pyrite: fire energy + vitality. stone of action, vitality and will. inspires confidence and persistence. is a very protective stone, shielding the user from negative energy of all kinds. Pyrite blocks energy leaks and mends auric tears. Carry Pyrite in your pocket to protect you from both environmental pollution and physical danger. Pyrite also promotes good physical health and emotional well-being.

6. pink halite: clarify + calm. stone of clarity. its presence tends to dissolve foggy thinking, confusion, deception and doubt. has a peaceful, calming effect on the emotional body and is a wonderful healer. may be used to relieve mood swings, normalize emotions and reduce negative attitudes. It is also used to treat problems of the lower intestinal area, but isn’t recommended during pregnancy. Pink Halite is used to clear the heart chakra and encourage growth of tissues.

7. aragonite: grounding + stability. inspires conservation of mother earth, encourages conservation of Earth’s precious resources. sends light and energy all throughout your body and aura. relieves stress, negativity and past issues one is holding on to. can also be used for clearing blockages of energy and will also heal and balance your physical and emotional body.

8. agate: confidence + security. comes in a wide variety of colors. increases security and self-confidence. grounding and balancing, has a strengthening and stabilizing energy that will help you in your daily tasks. because of its many different layers it can bring new information and characteristics to the surface. ancient Egyptians believed agate to refer to as many things as protection against natural disasters like lightning, protection from thirst and as having the ability to deliver powers of speech.

healing crystals in assorted ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

9. opal: self-esteem + confidence. encourages freedom and independence. strenghtens memory and self-esteem. helps treating infections and fevers. has always been associated with love and passion, as well as desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. It can also act as an emotional stabilizer. Wearing an opal is said to bring about loyalty and faithfulness.

10. rose quartz: self-esteem + love. one of the most popular crystals in healing, raises self-esteem and teaches us to love ourselves. this stone of unconditional loves opens the heart chakra to love in all of its forms. lowers stress and soothes. Famous for attracting and keeping love, rose quartz is also used when it comes to healing one’s heart from pain and disappointment.

11. amethyst: tranquility + contentment. chakra healing and balancing energy. opens you to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. a quiet color, one of mystery and wisdom and judgment. a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also used to eliminate impatience.

12. lodolite: development + courage. increases courage and promotes self-development. it’s a great assistant when it comes to breaking new grounds and outgrowing yourself. often used in meditation practices. Another metaphysical use of lodolite is to bring energies to affect the manifestation of one’s desires. is also said to enhance communication with beings on the spiritual plane and heighten one’s spiritual energies.

learning about healing crystals. / sfgirlbybay

colorful healing crystals. / sfgirlbybay

colorful healing crystals from joshua tree. / sfgirlbybay

healing crystals fro joshua tree inside my home. / sfgirlbybay

healing crystals displayed in ceramic shell dish. / sfgirlbybay

 

• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.